MA Fine Art
Thomas Griffiths is an artist currently studying a MFA Fine Art degree, at The Manchester School of Art. Their practice is influenced by industrial artefacts and public/hidden spaces. Through playful use of materiality and symbolism, the work aims to infiltrate and divert attention towards the overlooked, highlighting nuances of working-class culture, queer identity, and mental health. Sensual-yet-gauche representations combine with tongue-in-cheek humour to convey these narratives. Their largely sculptural practice often takes form as installation and/ or intervention.
They primarily use low cost and recycled materials, utilising woodworking, metalworking, casting and digital software to realise works. Current works investigate industrial objects within the public domain. With interest in the relationship between identity and space, identifiable objects and symbols are often reimagined and recontextualised, giving a new interpretation (often coded) in relation to the queer lens.
Alongside their artistic practice, they are a co-director and curator of GLOAM, an artist-led grassroots gallery and studio space, Sheffield.